Rabbi Levi Shemtov, executive vice president of American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad) in Washington, D.C., addressed the National Day of Prayer ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House, stressing the importance of good deeds, prayer and faith in G‑d.

Quoting the teachings of the Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory—Shemtov noted that everyone has “the ability and responsibility to build a sanctuary in their life where G‑d can dwell and help bring light, love, goodness and kindness to as many people as they might merit.”

The ceremony was opened by Vice President Mike Pence, and included representatives from different faiths and denominations. It concluded with remarks by President Donald Trump. Following the ceremony, the president greeted the rabbi warmly before returning to the Oval Office.